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Imperial 1st XV 21 - 5 University of Kent 1st XV , 21/11/2018

The 1st XV went into this round of 16 cup match knowing that the game came at a pivotal point in the season. With this in mind, the team made their way to fortress Harlington eager to turn the season around and start off their cup run with a statement that we’re not here to take part, we’re here to take over.

The match started off with high intensity from both sides wanting to make a mark. Alex Amato showed his flair as he gassed his way around Kent’s defence, only to be on the end of a high tackle which robbed him of a try, resulting in a yellow card for Kent.

After strong carries up the field, Kent conceded a penalty 5m out from their try-line. The forwards set up and El Capitano Ali Zaboronsky bundled over the line to score Imperial’s first try. This was converted, putting Imperial ahead 7-0.

With pressure building from Kent, the last 5 mins of 1st half approached. Kent won a lineout 5m out from our try-line and decided to maul, which was successfully repelled by the forwards with Jerome Hallett securing the turnover. Unfortunately for Imperial, we lost the following scrum as the ball bounced out. Kent saw an opportunity to reverse the attack…

Imperial 1st XV 21 - 5 University of Kent 1st XV , 21/11/2018

The 1st XV went into this round of 16 cup match knowing that the game came at a pivotal point in the season. With this in mind, the team made their way to fortress Harlington eager to…

The City Varsity™ II, held last Friday at Rosslyn Park, was the second annual varsity match between Imperial College London and London School of Economics. This promised to be an exciting match and, after months of hype, lived up to expectations. The match kicked off and immediately proved to be a very physical game, with big collisions coming in from both sides. Early pressure and a dominant pack from Imperial led to LSE making mistakes, giving Imperial the chance to counterattack a couple of times. Perhaps too eager to stop LSE behind the game line in defence, Imperial gave away a penalty for offside and allowed LSE’s kicker to make the score 0-3.

After the restart, a turnover from LSE in midfield allowed them to attack down the left wing. Imperial held LSE off for many phases, but quick recycling of the ball and a missed tackle from Imperial allowed LSE to score under the posts. Imperial were down 0-10 early in the game. Imperial responded strongly and started attacking out wide through Oliver Duffy, Kieran McMorran and Hugo Koide. McMorran was stopped just short of the line, only for Jerome Hallett to bundle over in the next phase for a try. James Field successfully converted from afar, using the wind to curl the…

The City Varsity™ II, held last Friday at Rosslyn Park, was the second annual varsity match between Imperial College London and London School of Economics. This promised to be an exciting match and, after months of hype, lived up to…

RUMS 1st XV 28 – 25 Imperial 1st XV, 07/02/18

The Imperial 1st team travelled to north London last Wednesday to take on UCL’s silly medics, RUMS. We were there for revenge, after losing earlier in the year to RUMS by just three points. The match started with lots of kicking and both teams were trying to play for territory. Quick hands from Oliver Duffy allowed Josh Pope to make a break down the wing and exert some attacking pressure on RUMS. From a scrum on their 5-metre line, Will Aynsley picked, ran 10 metres sideways, and scored. 0-5 to Imperial. This was the strong start that we needed. However, RUMS came back fighting and were able to score after a couple of missed tackles, making the score 5-5. RUMS continued to attack and made a line break from a scrum in our 22, scoring under the posts. We were now 12-5 down. Fortunately, Amin Omarouayache had been watching the six nations over the weekend and had been inspired by Jonny Sexton’s drop goal against France. Using the skills he had acquired from Harry Allingham’s ‘free lessons’ on kicking, Amin slotted one over himself. Unfortunately, we gave away a penalty in our half and RUMS capitalised, making the score 15-8, just before half time.

The second half was…

RUMS 1st XV 28 – 25 Imperial 1st XV, 07/02/18

The Imperial 1st team travelled to north London last Wednesday to take on UCL’s silly medics, RUMS. We were there for revenge, after losing earlier in the year to RUMS by just three points. The…

Sussex 36 – 5 Imperial, 31/01/18

Last Wednesday saw Imperial 1st XV take on University of Sussex for the second time this season. Last time these teams met, Sussex won comfortably, so Imperial were keen for this not to be a repeat. Immediately, Imperial imposed themselves on the game and held most of the possession in the first ten minutes. Sussex were constantly under pressure. Windy conditions meant kicking for touch was difficult for us, and Sussex were able to counterattack effectively. They would have scored a couple of times, had Josh Pope not been there to make some try saving tackles. Not all heroes wear capes. Eventually, via some lucky offloads, Sussex were able to run in a try down the wing.
However, Imperial came back fighting and some well-timed passes by prop Amin Omarouayache allowed Nick ‘The Colonel’ Ustaran-Anderegg and try-saver Josh Pope to make some yards. Mounting pressure and strong carries from the likes of Jerome Hallett and Ali Zaboronsky led to Sussex giving away penalties on their try line. We opted for the corner, and a lineout maul was easily driven over Sussex’s line with Toby Simpson at the back of it. Toby later made it clear to me in the union bar that he likes it when I mention…

Sussex 36 – 5 Imperial, 31/01/18

Last Wednesday saw Imperial 1st XV take on University of Sussex for the second time this season. Last time these teams met, Sussex won comfortably, so Imperial were keen for this not to be a repeat.…

Imperial 12 – 15 Brunel, 24/01/18

Last Wednesday marked the return of ICURFC 1st XV to rugby after Christmas, in which they took on Brunel University. Following a close loss to Brunel in November, last time these teams met, Imperial were determined not to let history repeat itself. The cold, windy and wet conditions at Harlington couldn’t dampen our spirits. We started strongly, and our forwards were able to truck the ball up into Brunel’s 22. Quick hands from flyhalf Harry Allingham allowed Alex Amato to run over for an easy try. With James Field’s conversion we were 7-0 up early in the game.

Dropped balls and poor discipline prevented us from gaining attacking momentum for the rest of the first half. Brunel kept us busy in defence and made effective use of the strong winds when kicking for touch. A dangerous Brunel attack was stopped by fresher Nick Ustaran-Anderegg, who quickly got up and turned over the ball after making a tackle. Brunel’s talkative inside centre was also soon introduced to the ground when he tried to run through Isaac Bailey and was, less than politely, made to sit down. Unfortunately, our eager defence gave away a penalty for being offside and Brunel made the score 7-3 from the tee.

The…

Imperial 12 – 15 Brunel, 24/01/18

Last Wednesday marked the return of ICURFC 1st XV to rugby after Christmas, in which they took on Brunel University. Following a close loss to Brunel in November, last time these teams met, Imperial were…